EPL BETTING PREVIEW: WEEK 31

We’ll explore your options for EPL betting in Week 31 as English football teams continue to find their feet in the latest set of crowd-less, socially distanced fixtures that are set to take place in the next few days.

PREMIER LEAGUE BETTING

Manchester United

Following another mistake from goalkeeper David de Gea, the Red Devils found themselves chasing a well-organised Tottenham team for most of the game last Friday. Victory for former manager Jose Mourinho would prove elusive though, as Eric Dier’s late shove on Paul Pogba gifted United the chance to share the points, with Bruno Fernandes converting their 11th penalty of the season.

Now unbeaten across 12 games in all competitions, Manchester United welcome Sheffield United to Old Trafford this Wednesday. As things stand, fifth place will be good enough for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team to gain entry into the Champions League (Man City’s appeal pending). Still, Manchester United must avoid a repeat of their previous 3-3 draw earlier this season to guarantee their spot, as teams below them will be looking to capitalise on any dropped points.

Sheffield United

It’s safe to say that the restart of the league has not gone the way Sheffield United would have wanted. A highly controversial decision not to award a clear goal against Aston Villa, and a red-card followed by a flurry of three goals conceded against Newcastle, has left the Blades at odds with their previous form this season.

With a difficult game against Manchester United up next, Chris Wilder must sharpen his Blades and get them back to the mentality that saw them attain one of the best defensive records in the league – second only to the league leaders.

MANCHESTER UNITED VS SHEFFIELD UNITED: PREMIER LEAGUE BETTING ODDS

As the home team, Manchester United at 5/12 (1.42) to win, come out very much on top with Sheffield United measured at 81/10 (9.10).


Liverpool

Liverpool will entertain Crystal Palace this Wednesday as the league leaders return to Anfield for the first time in almost three months. Coming off an uninspiring 0-0 draw in the Merseyside derby last weekend, the Reds are now just five points away from securing their first Premier League title in over 30 years.

Klopp’s men will be bolstered against the Eagles by the return to the starting XI of both Mohamed Salah and Andy Robertson. While Liverpool can’t win the title against Palace, a win will mean that the Reds could potentially claim the Premier League title at the home of current champions, Manchester City, on 2 July.

Crystal Palace

It’s been a season of exceeding expectations for Palace who are looking to secure some form of European football for the next season and remain positioned to record their best-ever Premier League points tally. A 2-0 win over Bournemouth last weekend propelled the Eagles into the top half of the League, positioning them at the centre of a mid-table battle, right-between Arsenal and Tottenham.

Heading into the fixture with a degree of positivity, Roy Hodgson will hope that his team are capable of emulating their emphatic 2-1 victory at Anfield back in April 2017, which, incidentally, was the last time this Liverpool team lost at their home ground in the Premier League.

LIVERPOOL VS CRYSTAL PALACE: PREMIER LEAGUE BETTING ODDS

Probably the most predictable odds in EPL betting for week 31, Liverpool are at 13/50 (1.26) to win, enter the matchup as strong favourites, with the odds of Crystal Palace causing an upset calculated at 13/1 (13.00).


Chelsea

Five minutes after coming on versus Aston Villa last weekend, super-sub Christian Pulisic made an immediate impact, scoring a goal and inspiring Chelsea’s 2-1 comeback victory. Although currently safe and five points clear of fifth place, the Blues’ fortunes could turn as they prepare themselves for a home fixture against a roaring Manchester City side this midweek.

Lampard will know that Chelsea’s rivals will bank on his team losing points this Thursday. Should they lose and their form suffers during a relatively tough stretch of fixtures to close out the season, Chelsea can still be caught by those below. The previous fixture between the sides finished with a City victory, 2-1 at the Etihad.

Manchester City

Manchester City have made an exceptional comeback to the Premier League, scoring eight goals without conceding, and securing six points in their first two matches. For the first time since the restart, Pep’s team will need to travel south for their first away fixture. 

With the bad news of Sergio Aguero’s possible season-ending injury circulating around Manchester, the responsibility of goal-scoring responsibilities will fall on other members of the squad. Fortunately for City, the likes of Phil Foden and Riyad Mahrez have both impressed since the restart. Pep’s men will need to be on their toes because while the previous fixture between the sides ended in victory for the Citizens, their last Premier League trip to Stamford Bridge ended in a 2-0 defeat.

CHELSEA VS MANCHESTER CITY: PREMIER LEAGUE BETTING ODDS

The away side enter the fixture as favourites, with Manchester City at 26/33 (1.79) to win, while Chelsea are fancied at 4.15 (63/20) to cause an upset. 


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BUNDESLIGA BETTING PREVIEW: WEEK 33

Join us as we dive into the penultimate weekend of German football. Read on for the latest scoop on some of the most exciting fixtures and Bundesliga betting in week 33.

Following a 1-0 victory away to Werder Bremen, Bayern Munich successfully secured their place as Bundesliga champions for the eighth time in a row. The league title may be decided but the battle for European spots rages on as teams fight it out to grab the last few remaining points that could make the difference between a season of success or failure.

BUNDESLIGA BETTING: WEEK 33

RB Leipzig

Having fallen apart by conceding two late goals and drawing their fixture against Fortuna Düsseldorf last Wednesday, RB Leipzig lost the chance to capitalise on the failings of the teams around them. The fixture list has, however, given RB Leipzig a great chance to directly fight Borussia Dortmund for the second-place spot. Three points down and level on goal difference, the Red Bulls will look to their Chelsea-bound German talisman, Timo Werner, to keep his focus and end his time at the club on a high.

Borussia Dortmund

BVB are left looking over their shoulders following their unexpected midweek 2-0 loss to Mainz at Signal Iduna Park. Although short on time, Lucien Favre must ensure his team recovers both mentally and physically for a difficult test at the Red Bull Arena. There’s not much to split the sides in the table, or in their matchups this season; the last fixture between Dortmund and RB Leipzig ended in a 3-3 draw. Borussia Dortmund’s young prodigies will need to be firing on all fronts if they want to secure their runners-up spot in the Bundesliga. 

RB LEIPZIG VS BORUSSIA DORTMUND: BUNDESLIGA BETTING ODDS

Home team, RB Leipzig come out as favourites at 13/10 (2.30) to win, with Borussia Dortmund’s chances measured at 39/20 (2.95).

Schalke 04

Can Bozdogan’s midweek red card against Eintracht Frankfurt saw Schalke’s hopes of a comeback fade as they found themselves playing out their 11th loss of the season. Schalke now find themselves with nothing to play for, their hopes for European qualification dead in the water. Should they to continue to lose, Schalke could finish as low as 15th in the table. Manager David Wagner will demand his team show some improvement and achieve a better result than the 1-1 draw from when the sides met earlier in the season.

Wolfsburg

A 3-0 loss to Borussia Monchengladbach ended Wolfsburg’s chance to break away from the pack hunting Europa League places. With Hoffenheim below them but level on points, and Freiburg breathing down their neck just one point away in eighth place, Die Wölfe must return to winning ways when they travel to the Veltins-Arena this Saturday. With qualification to European competition hanging in the balance, all eyes will be on Wolfsburg’s top scorer Wout Weghorst to make the difference this weekend.

SCHALKE 04 VS WOLFSBURG: BUNDESLIGA BETTING ODDS

Wolfsburg head into their fixture as strong favourites at 7/11 (1.64) to win, with the home team Schalke at 22/5 (5.30), to cause an unlikely upset.

Bayern Munich

Bayern Munich’s campaign to wrap up their 30th Bundesliga title was accomplished in great fashion last Tuesday. As Robert Lewandowski banged-away his 31st goal of the season in a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Werder Bremen, the Bavarians etched themselves into history as eight-time consecutive winners. Bayern Munich now welcome Freiburg to their home stadium, keen to ensure their domination of the league continues to the end of the season.

SC Freiburg

A 2-1 victory, courtesy of a 71st-minute strike from German forward Nils Petersen, gave SC Freiburg a much-needed victory last Friday. Positioned in eighth place and well within striking distance of the Europa League spots, SC Freiburg will need to do it the hard way and beat the newly-crowned champions on their home ground for a chance to leap into sixth place.

BAYERN MUNICH VS SC FREIBURG: BUNDESLIGA BETTING ODDS

No surprises here as Bayern Munich are highly fancied at 3/11 (1.27), with the chances of SC Freiburg calculated at 89/10 (9.90).

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BUNDESLIGA BETTING PREVIEW: WEEK 27

The Bundesliga is back in full swing and about to enjoy the second week of football since its return. The rivalries between the top teams in Germany have resumed, with Week 27 featuring incredible match-ups all round. With plenty of exciting action ahead, we’ve got you covered for Bundesliga betting.

With the top three teams facing difficult competition over the weekend, the Bundesliga table could be set for a reshuffle. First-place Bayern Munich welcome Eintracht Frankfurt to the Allianz Arena, Borussia Dortmund travel east to Wolfsburg, and third place Borussia Mönchengladbach find themselves scrapping for position against Bayer Leverkusen.

Bayern Munich

There were no surprises for Bayern Munich fans, as the 29 times winners of the Bundesliga returned with a 2-0 victory over Union Berlin last Sunday. Pushing for their eighth consecutive league trophy, Hans-Dieter Flick will be making sure his team are in perfect physical and mental condition to take on what could be a tricky opponent. 

Now with 26 goals to his name in the competition, Bayern Munich’s lead striker Robert Lewandowski shows no sign of letting up, having returned to action with a goal. FC Bayern can also call on the exciting Serge Gnabry and the ever-impressive Thomas Mueller.

Eintracht Frankfurt

Coming off a 1-3 defeat to league rivals, Borussia Mönchengladbach, Eintracht Frankfurt will be looking to get some points on the board for what could prove to be a turbulent end of the season for last year’s seventh-place finishers.

With ups and downs throughout their 2019/20 campaign, The Eagles will be looking to secure any points they can in an effort to push them up from a lowly 13th place in a tight Bundesliga table.

BAYERN MUNICH VS EINTRACH FRANKFURT: BUNDESLIGA BETTING ODDS

As expected, home side Bayern Munich, are fierce favourites to go on and win the match-up, at 3/20 (1.15), with Eintracht Frankfurt’s chances measured at 15/1 (16.00), to come out on top.

Borussia Dortmund

Second-place Borussia Dortmund hit the ground running last week as 19-year-old starlet, Erling Braut Haaland, continued his immense form and opened the floodgates, leading to a 4-0 thrashing of Schalke 04 in the Revierderby.

Fighting to contest Bayern Munich’s for the Bundesliga’s top spot, the young guns in Dortmund are sure to be laser-focused on obtaining the next three points, and put their long-time rivals, Wolfsburg, to the sword.

Wolfsburg

Fans of Wolfsburg were relieved to be saved by a last-minute winner from centre-forward, Daniel Ginczek, in their contest against Augsburg last Saturday. With an 11-point gap between them and fifth-place rivals, Bayer Leverkusen, Wolfsburg will know that they will need to push beyond realistic expectations to secure a chance at qualification to the Europa League.

Looking to their fixture against Borussia Dortmund, The Wolves will be eager to make some headway on their current 6th place position on the table, knowing lower teams are only a few points away, and could easily leapfrog them over the weekend.

BORUSSIA DORTMUND VS WOLFSBURG: BUNDESLIGA BETTING ODDS

It’s no surprises that the home team, Wolfsburg, come out as underdogs at 73/20 (4.65) to win the fixture, with Borussia Dortmund favourites, at 3/4 (1.75).

Borussia Mönchengladbach

Borussia Mönchengladbach came into the first fixture since the shutdown flying, replicating their fantastic start to the beginning of the season. They scored two goals in the first 10 minutes, against a highly competent Eintracht Frankfurt team. They would see out the game and finish with a 3-1 victory that demonstrated why they were able to stay at the top of the league table for most of the year.

Now at home to a strong Bayer Leverkusen side, fans of Borussia Mönchengladbach will have the chance to see their team line-up against strong opposition and make an effort at a late charge towards the coveted top two places of the Bundesliga.

Bayer Leverkusen

Securing a stunning 4-1 victory away from home, courtesy of two goals from 20-year-old attacking midfielder, Kai Havertz, Bayer Leverkusen will be readying themselves for the chance to overtake not only Borussia Mönchengladbach but also Borussia Dortmund through goal difference, this weekend.

With a rare opportunity to face their direct table rivals, and knowing a win would ensure that they take their opponent’s higher place in the table, Bayer Leverkusen should be fired up this weekend.

BORUSSIA MÖNCHENGLADBACH VS BAYER LEVERKUSEN: BUNDESLIGA BETTING ODDS

One of the tightest games to call in the Bundesliga this weekend, Borussia Mönchengladbach come out on top thanks to home advantage, as slight favourites at 7/5 (2.40) to win the fixture, while Bayer Leverkusen find themselves at 9/5 (2.80) to cause an upset.  

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Chelsea vs Liverpool: Betting Preview

On Sunday, the biggest game of the Premier League weekend takes place, as Chelsea welcome league leaders Liverpool to Stamford Bridge. Frank Lampard’s side will be aiming to stop Liverpool’s winning streak that stretches to 14 games.

Both sides enter the fixture off the back of midweek Champions League defeats. For Liverpool, another loss followed their latest trip to Naples, with Carlo Ancelotti’s Napoli side again proving the European kryptonite to the Supermen of the Premier League. Meanwhile, Chelsea suffered defeat at the hands of crisis club Valencia, who, despite taking the unpopular decision of sacking manager Marcelino, were able to put their European experience to good use and defeat Chelsea on their own turf.

Chelsea

Much has been made of Chelsea’s reliance on youth under Frank Lampard and while the starting XI employed by the former midfielder has been incredibly young by Chelsea’s standards, it’s not groundbreakingly low for the league in general – and it is Southampton who have actually fielded the youngest starting XI in the Premier League this season. However, as mentioned, it is a massive departure for a club that has so often relied on established superstars.

So far, Chelsea have undeniably relied upon their young players. Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori have scored all of Chelsea’s Premier League goals thus far this season. New signing Christian Pulisic has just a single assist to his name while Willian and Pedro are yet to register any meaningful statistics. Chelsea’s youngsters have come up short so far in the big games they’ve faced, losing to both Manchester United and Valencia, and in the European Champions, face undoubtedly their biggest test to date.

Liverpool

Liverpool are the form team of the Premier League; unbeaten for 22 games and having won 14 consecutive games scoring two or more goals, they’ve been imperious. Following Manchester City’s surprise loss to Norwich, they’re also 5 points clear at the top of the table after just 5 games. Jurgen Klopp’s men will not be able to rest on their laurels though, having been 7 points clear of Manchester City back in December ’18 and we all know how that finished.

Defeat to Napoli could, therefore, be considered a good thing for The Reds in the grand scheme of things to come; Liverpool should be under no illusions that they are unbeatable. Losing away to Napoli in Europe is a far from unexpected result, even for the European Champions, and should prevent no obstacle to qualification from the group stage. Liverpool, you would imagine, will be keen to put things right against Chelsea and maintain their gap over Manchester City who face a mounting injury crisis in defence.

CHELSEA VS LIVERPOOL: PREMIER LEAGUE BETTING ODDS

Despite being the homes side, Chelsea are not favoured to win and priced at 27/10 (3.70). A draw is also at 27/10 (3.70) while Liverpool are favourites to win at 24/25 (1.96).

Chelsea vs Liverpool: Premier League Betting Tips

Head-to-head in the Premier League, things couldn’t be tighter between the two sides. They’ve played 54 times, with each team winning 20 games (both with 14 home and 6 away wins) and 14 draws. Last season’s corresponding fixture was a 1-1 draw, while Chelsea triumphed 1-0 the season before. But this is a very different Liverpool side to those Chelsea have faced in the past. They’ve got major silverware in the cabinet and are steamrolling their way through the league. We’d back Liverpool to continue their 14-game winning streak, scoring 2 goals or more, and bet on Liverpool to win and over 2.5 goals at 14/9 (2.55).

*Odds subject to change. Odds correct at time of publishing.



Manchester United vs Leicester City: Betting Preview

On Saturday, Premier League action returns following the international break. Unbeaten Leicester City travel to Old Trafford to face a Manchester United side that is without a win since the opening day and facing a potential injury crisis.   

The two sides enter this fixture with very different atmospheres surrounding each club. Utd are all doom and gloom; from the Pogba transfer saga over the summer to their less than convincing start to the season, the Red Devils have lost much of the early optimism that surrounded the appointment of Ole Gunnar Solskjær. Leicester, meanwhile, have a spring in their step; they’re unbeaten and beginning to find their feet under Brendan Rodgers.

Manchester United

The term “injury crisis” is often bandied around without a great deal of justification. But in the case of Man Utd right now, it’s safe to say an injury crisis is looming. There are concerns over both full-backs, with particular concern over new signing – and one of the few bright lights in this early stage of the season – Aaron Wan-Bissaka, who was forced to withdraw from the recent England squad; Jesse Lingard was also sent home by the Three Lions with illness. Paul Pogba didn’t make the France squad due to an ankle injury and Anthony Martial missed the last fixture due to a thigh issue.

Injury concerns aside, Utd have not looked a tidy outfit even with their strongest XI on show thus far this season. Last time out against Southampton they were unable to capitalise when Saints were reduced to 10 men, prior to that they suffered a home defeat to Crystal Palace. Ole Gunnar Solskjær will be hoping that new-signing Daniel James can continue the promising start that he’s made to his Utd career and that some of the players sidelined with minor injuries can make it back into the starting line-up.

Leicester City

Ordinarily, remaining undefeated after just four games wouldn’t be considered the most impressive achievement. But when the only other sides to match such a feat are Liverpool and Manchester City, it’s ok to feel yourself a little. And under Brendan Rodgers, that’s exactly what the Foxes are beginning to do.

With Jamie Vardy leading the line, Leicester are still as devastating on the counter-attack as ever. However, with Tielemans and Maddison firmly established in the side, Leicester have now added some extra dimensions to their game. Thanks to the creativity of the two youngsters – and the ability of both to play defence-splitting passes – Leicester are now better equipped than ever to operate against the low block just as well as on the counter. Against Utd at Old Trafford, they’ll no doubt be expecting to see less of the ball. But should Utd do what teams short of confidence tend to do, and retreat towards their own box, Leicester will feel confident of breaking them down.  

MANCHESTER UNITED VS LEICESTER CITY: PREMIER LEAGUE BETTING ODDS

Despite losing their last home fixture to Palace, Manchester United are slight favourites to win at odds of 26/33 (1.79), while Leicester are priced at 7/2 (4.50).

Manchester United vs Leicester City: Premier League Betting Tips

Leicester City have an appalling record at Old Trafford and have not won at the home of Manchester United since 1998, but Palace didn’t exactly have a great record either and look what they were able to do. Times are changing and Utd are no longer the juggernaut they once were; their squad far from being the envy of the league – one could argue that in Chilwell, Ndidi, Tielemans, Maddison and Vardy, Leicester have 5 players that would make it into the Utd starting XI. With that in mind, we’re backing Leicester to do a Palace and beat Utd, with a correct score of 1-2 at 11/1 (12.00).


*Odds subject to change. Odds correct at time of publishing.

Leyton Orient vs Swindon Town: Betting Preview

On Saturday, Leyton Orient host 5th placed Swindon Town as they return to League Two action. The O’s followed up a 1-1 draw at Salford with a victory over Southend United in the Football League Trophy and they’ll be hoping to carry this form into their next fixture.

At this early stage of the season, points on the board mean’s more than league position so while there may be 10 places between Leyton Orient and their opponents Swindon Town, it’s a gap of only three points that separates the sides. Secure victory and the O’s will move level on points with their opponents who currently occupy a play-off spot.

Leyton Orient

Orient’s progress thus far could be described as “steady”. With two wins, two losses and two draws, the O’s have sampled every kind of result, and done so twice! Despite making a number of changes to the line-up, Leyton Orient defeated League One Southend United in the Football League Trophy in their last outing. This followed up a 1-1 draw away at Salford City.

The last time the sides met at Brisbane Road was back in 2014, with Swindon securing a 2-1 victory. Obviously, a lot has changed since then and the O’s will hope to maintain the defensive stability that has returned of late, with just a solitary goal conceded in the last two games.

Swindon Town

Last season, Swindon Town managed almost a full season version of what Leyton Orient have done thus far, winning 16, drawing 16 and losing 14. This time out, they’ve started the season reasonably well with three wins, two draws and a loss.

Scoring goals hasn’t been a problem, with 11 so far, they’re the second-highest scorers in the league. While their defensive record isn’t the worst in the league, they have conceded over a goal a game – seven in six fixtures. On-loan striker Eoin Doyle is the clear danger man, having snaffled 5 goals and 2 assists in his 4 appearances so far.

LEYTON ORIENT VS SWINDON TOWN: LEAGUE TWO BETTING ODDS

Despite being the away side, Swindon Town are slight favourites to win the fixture at odds of 13/10 (2.30), while Leyton Orient are priced at 19/10 (2.90).

Leyton Orient vs Swindon Town: League Two Betting Tips

Swindon Town first-team coach Tommy Wright said that he’d back 0-0 if he was a betting man. While we could see a draw happening at 23/10 (3.30), we’d be mightily surprised if either side managed a shutout. So, we’ll be positive and back Leyton Orient to win 2-1 at 87/10 (9.70).

*Odds subject to change. Odds correct at time of publishing.



New Zealand vs England: Cricket World Cup Final Betting Preview

On Sunday, hosts and pre-tournament favourites England will take on surprise package New Zealand in the final of the Cricket World Cup, at the home of cricket, Lords.   

England have never been under as much pressure in one day cricket as in this tournament. Entering the competition as world number one and host nation will do that to a side. Despite a few wobbles along the way, they’ve stepped up to the crease and smashed it out of the ground when it mattered. New Zealand, meanwhile, entered with few expectations, all of which have been surpassed on their surprising march to the final. With neither side having won the competition before, no matter what, we’ll have a new World Cup winner come the end of the match.

New Zealand

New Zealand were not supposed to beat cricket powerhouse India in the semi-final but beat them they did. New Zealand entered the reserve day with batsmen at the crease – poor weather causing the game to carry over into Wednesday – and posted a total of 239-8, which should not have been an insurmountable target for India. Unfortunately for the Indian openers, the Kiwi bowlers came flying out of the traps and India soon found themselves at 5-3; a position from which they could not recover.

While New Zealand may be surprising finalists, they are not to be underestimated. In captain Kane Williamson the Black Caps have one of the world’s best batsmen and the player with the best batting average, 91.33, in the tournament. Bowlers Lockie Ferguson and Trent Boult are the 5th and 6th highest wicket-takers respectively, while as a team, New Zealand have the highest win percentage in the World Cup.

England

Make no mistake, England absolutely destroyed Australia in the semi-final at Edgbaston. Yes, Australia who have won the World Cup five times and are unbeaten in seven semi-final appearances. Admittedly, the ground is a stronghold for England and a location at which the Aussies have not tasted victory for almost two decades; but when Finch won the toss and elected to bat, there would have been a certain amount of trepidation within the English ranks. This has been a tournament where batting first has been a distinct advantage.

Luckily for England, their new-ball partnership of Archer and Woakes didn’t get the memo and tore into the Aussie openers immediately, with Australian captain Finch falling lbw to the first delivery he faced. Before they knew it, Australia were 14-3 and in a position from which they would not recover, posting a target of 223 all out for England to chase. And chase it they did. Openers Bairstow and Roy, in particular, were outstanding as ever, before Root and captain Morgan entered the fray and quickly put the game beyond doubt, securing a first final appearance for England since 1992.

NEW ZEALAND VS ENGLAND: CRICKET WORLD CUP FINAL BETTING ODDS

England are favourites to win, with odds of 3/11 (3.25) for victory. New Zealand are at 9/4 (3.25) to upset an entire nation.

New Zealand vs England: Cricket World Cup Final Betting Tips

England have already defeated New Zealand in the World Cup, with Jonny Bairstow scoring 106 runs to lead England to victory by 119 runs. New Zealand will have to be at their absolute best to triumph and are at odds of 9/4 (3.25) to win, England are favourites at 3/11 (1.27).

Jason Roy had a terrific knock against Australia – just ask Steve Smith – and, had he not been given out by a poor decision, could have gone on to post a massive score. So, we’re backing Jason Roy as the top match batsman at 61/20 (4.05).



*Odds subject to change. Odds correct at time of publishing.



England vs Argentina: FIFA Women’s World Cup Betting Preview

On Friday, England hope to remain unbeaten in the FIFA Women’s World Cup group stage as they take on a plucky Argentina side in Le Havre, France.  

England entered this tournament amongst the favourites to lift the cup. Ranked 3rd in the world and fresh from winning the SheBelieves Cup, the Lionesses entered the World Cup in form – despite some concerning performances in recent friendlies. Having finished 3rd last time out, Phil Neville’s side have experience of going deep in the tournament. Should they make it through the group stages to the knockout rounds, Germany and USA are sure to be their biggest obstacles. Hosts France are also expected to make the most of home advantage and progress through the competition.

England

In their first Group D fixture, England met a Scotland side who they’d comprehensively beaten 6-0 at Euro 2017, the last time the sides met in a major competition. This time out, while the outcome was the same – a victory for the Lionesses – the performance was anything but.

The match started in open fashion, Nikita Parris giving England the lead on her World Cup debut when she converted a video assistant referee awarded penalty. Player of the match Ellen White then doubled the advantage for Phil Neville’s side before the break. England tired in the second half and allowed Scotland back into the game when Claire Emslie took advantage of a poor pass from England captain Steph Houghton and fired in from close range.

Argentina

Argentina’s story – and position within the women’s game – is very different from England’s. In their opening game they put in a resilient performance to earn a 0-0 draw with 2011 World Cup winners Japan, a team ranked 30 places above them in the FIFA rankings. Coming into the game they had lost all six of their previous World Cup matches. The fact that they even qualified is a miracle in itself.

The team returned to action in 2018 following a two-year hiatus, with no games or coach in place during that period due to a dispute with their own football association. Put simply, the Argentine FA refused to finance the team – a stark contrast to their English counterparts who receive the most investment of any women’s team in Europe. During their last World Cup appearance, in 2007, the team was made up of amateur players and it’s only this year that the AFA took the decision to finally support a professional league in the country.

ENGLAND VS ARGENTINA: FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP BETTING ODDS

England enter this fixture as overwhelming favourites to win at odds of 1/11 (1.09). Argentina are given very little hope of achieving victory over Neville’s side at 23/1 (24.00).

England vs Argentina: FIFA Women’s World Cup Betting Tips

Anything other than an England win would be a monumental shock and lead to serious questions being asked of Phil Neville and his squad. England are favoured more to win the tournament – at 8/1 – than Argentina are to win this game.

With such little value to be found in backing an England win, we’d opt for another option that is almost guaranteed for England and that’s attacking focal point, Ellen White, to score anytime at 3/4 (1.75).

*Odds subject to change. Odds correct at time of publishing.



Tottenham vs Liverpool: Champions League Final Betting Preview

On Saturday in Madrid, Tottenham will face Liverpool in an all-English match-up, as they compete in the biggest game in club football, the UEFA Champions League final.  

This game signifies a huge moment for English football, cementing the Premier League as the dominant force in Europe, capable of sweeping all European competition before it. Because this is the first time in history that both major European finals – Europa League and Champions League – have been contested by four teams from the same nation. This all-English Champions League final – the second in the competition’s history and the first since 2008 when Chelsea were defeated on penalties by Manchester United – also signifies the end of the Spanish era, with either Barcelona or Real Madrid having won the last five finals.

Tottenham Hotspur

Making their first ever appearance in the final, Tottenham are the eighth English club to appear in the fixture; giving England more finalists than any other country – Italy and Germany are next on the list with six each. While the fixture represents a changing of the guard in terms of nationality, Spurs also represent a change in terms of the established elite of European football. They are the 40th club to reach the final, and the first newcomers since Chelsea in 2008. Triumph, and Spurs would become the 23rd side to win the European Cup and the first new name on the trophy since Chelsea’s 2012 victory.

Tottenham’s progress to the final has been dramatic, to say the least! The quarter-finals saw bundles of drama and away goals victory over Premier League Champions Manchester City. But somehow, the semi-final was even more epic, with Spurs becoming only the second team in UEFA Champions League history to recover from losing the home first leg in a semi-final, turning around a 1-0 defeat by Ajax in north London with a 3-2 success in Amsterdam. Lucas Moura was the hero on the night, scoring both a hat-trick and the injury-time winner to send Pochettino’s men through.

Liverpool

Unlike Spurs, Liverpool are no strangers to Champions League finals, having reached eight in their history and four since the turn of the century. Last years losing finalists, The Reds have an English record five European Cups in the Anfield trophy cabinet and will be hoping to go one better than last year. Liverpool lost their best player Mohamed Salah early in the game and suffered multiple blunders from goalkeeper Loris Karius in a 3-1 defeat to Real Madrid.

This season’s side is a different proposition though. In almost any other year, they’d have been runaway Premier League champions. Unfortunately for Liverpool, though, they finished second to an outstanding Manchester City side. So, this represents the only chance of silverware left for Jurgen Klopp’s team, who reached the final with an epic semi-final comeback story of their own; following up a strange 3-0 defeat at the Nou Camp with a resounding 4-0 thumping at Anfield of Lionel Messi’s Barcelona.

TOTTENHAM VS LIVERPOOL: CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL BETTING ODDS

Given their form this season and their history in European competition, it’s no surprise that Liverpool are favourites to lift the European Cup for a sixth time, at odds of 4/9 (1.44). Despite their dramatic progression through the knockout rounds, Spurs are 9/5 (2.80) to win the trophy for the first time.

Tottenham vs Liverpool: Champions League Final Betting Tips

Liverpool go into this fixture having been by far the dominant force domestically this season. In the Premier League, they finished 26 points ahead of the team from North London and beat Spurs 2-1 home and away. Since 2016 the sides have faced each other eight times, with Liverpool winning four games, drawing three and losing only once to Poch’s men.

Liverpool also have a great record against English sides in European competition and are unbeaten in their last five against domestic rivals. However, Spurs, because of their intense style of play, always present a tough proposition for Liverpool and are arguably the most difficult domestic opposition The Reds face outside of Manchester City. Spurs also hope to have talisman Harry Kane back in the line-up following injury. So why not back the fairytale to continue, and bet on Spurs to win and both teams to score at 28/5 (6.60)?

*Odds subject to change. Odds correct at time of going to print.

Chelsea vs Arsenal: Europa League Final Betting Preview

On Wednesday, Chelsea and Arsenal will face-off in the first all-English European final of the week, as they contest the UEFA Europa League final in Baku, Azerbaijan.

With no direct flights, a minimum journey time of seven hours and a minuscule ticket allocation of just 6,000 for each side, it’s safe to say that Baku isn’t the most fan-friendly location for a tournament final. Which is a shame, given the importance of the fixture for both sides. Chelsea have the chance to repeat their success in 2012-13 and cement their place as best of the rest (behind Manchester City and Liverpool) in England, while Arsenal have the chance to secure a Champions League spot for next season and make manager Unai Emery the outright record-holder for the competition in both its iterations (UEFA Cup and UEL).  

Chelsea

Chelsea drew both legs of their semi-final against Eintracht Frankfurt, eventually triumphing on penalties, courtesy of goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga’s penalty saves from Martin Hinteregger and Goncalo Paciencia. They enter the final unbeaten in the competition and on a record run of 18 fixtures without loss that stretches across seasons. They also boast the tournament’s top scorer in French striker Olivier Giroud, who has 10 goals in the competition.

In all competitions, Chelsea are unbeaten in their last eight matches, including a recent friendly match against MLS side New England Revolution – with breakout midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek suffering a long-term injury in the game. The Blues have kept clean sheets in three of their last four outings but have only scored more than one goal on two occasions in their last six matches. They’ll also be without Antonio Rudiger and Callum Hudson-Odoi; N’Golo Kante is currently a doubt, having suffered an injury in training on Saturday.

Arsenal

Arsenal’s progress through the semi-finals was emphatic; a hat-trick from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and an Alexandre Lacazette goal securing a 4-2 away win in the second leg at Valencia and sealing an overall victory on aggregate of 7-3. Having endured a poor end to the season in domestic competition (four losses from seven fixtures) Arsenal missed out on a Champions League spot and finished 5th in the Premier League. With a Champions League spot on the line, success in the final would represent a double-win for the North London side.

In manager Unai Emery, the Gunners boast the most successful manager in the tournament’s history since it’s rebranding as the Europa League. Another win for the former Sevilla manager – who triumphed in 2014, 2015 and 2016 – would separate him as the most successful manager outright, across both UEFA Cup and UEL, placing him one win ahead of legendary Italian coach Giovanni Trapattoni.

CHELSEA VS ARSENAL: EUROPA LEAGUE FINAL BETTING ODDS

This match isn’t as close to call as you might expect, with Chelsea favourites to improve upon their Carabao Cup final performance and win the match at odds of 27/20 (2.35). Despite their resounding victory in the semi-final and having Emery at the helm, Arsenal are 41/20 (3.05) to triumph.

Chelsea vs Arsenal: Europa League Final Betting Tips

It might seem a little surprising that Arsenal aren’t entering this fixture as favourites given their destruction of Valencia in the semi-finals, the man they have in charge of the team and the extra prize on offer to them. But Chelsea’s record in the competition over recent seasons cannot be ignored. The Blues have the longest unbeaten run in the history of the competition and finished the season in better form than Arsenal.

While the outcome of this game is not guaranteed, goals almost certainly are. In 20 of 27 fixtures played by Arsenal away from the Emirates, at least three goals have been scored. For Chelsea, seven of their last 10 Europa League games have featured at least 3 goals. So, we’d back the Europa League master Emery to cause an upset and get Arsenal across the line in a high scoring game; bet on Arsenal to win and 2.5 goals at 17/5 (4.40).

*Odds subject to change. Odds correct at time of going to print.

Aston Villa vs Derby County: Championship Play-off Final Betting Preview

On Monday, Aston Villa and Derby County will bring the English Football League play-offs to a close as they battle it out in the “richest game in football” at Wembley stadium and bid for promotion to the Premier League.   

Yes, it’s cliché to focus on the financial implications of this game, but when the rewards are so, well, rewarding, it’s hard to focus on anything else! By securing promotion to the Premier League the victors will guarantee around £170m into the club coffers over the next three years. For 2019/20 they’ll earn £95m, with parachute payments in 2020/21 and 2021/22 – should they be relegated after one season – totalling an estimated £75m across two seasons. Avoid first season relegation and the amount rises to a minimum of £300m. So, yes, this game is absolutely huge!

Aston Villa

For the second successive season Aston Villa’s entire campaign comes down to a single, all or nothing, Wembley showdown. This is an unusual position for Villa to find themselves in, having spent 28 consecutive seasons in English football’s top flight prior to their Premier League relegation in 2016.

Following last year’s devastating loss to Fulham, Villa started the season poorly and manager Steve Bruce was sacked and replaced by Dean Smith. Under Smith, Villa finished the season in superb form – which included a club-record streak of 10 victories in a row – and secured a fifth-place finish. In the semi-finals, they came from behind to beat West Brom in the first leg at Villa Park 2-1, before losing the second leg 1-0. As there are no away goals in the play-offs, the match went to extra-time and then penalties, with Villa winning the shootout.

Derby County

Unlike Villa, Derby have plenty of play-off experience. Unfortunately for Derby though, this experience mostly involves defeat. Aside from a play-off final victory against West Brom in 2007, Derby have lost finals in 1994 and 2014 (to ten-man QPR), and semi-finals in 1992, 2005, 2016 and 2018! This season though, things feel a little different.

Under Frank Lampard, the Rams have become a side for the big occasion and pressure situations. They defeated West Brom on the final day of the season to finish sixth and secure a play-off spot. Having lost the opening leg of the semi-final 1-0 at home to Leeds, they then conceded the opening goal in the second leg at Elland Road. With the chips down, they fought back for a stunning comeback and a 4-2 victory that booked their place in the final.  

ASTON VILLA VS DERBY COUNTY: PLAY-OFF FINAL BETTING ODDS

Aston Villa are favourites entering the final, with odds of 6/5 (2.20) for victory against Derby County. Derby aren’t complete underdogs though and find themselves priced at 9/4 (3.25) to win the game.

Aston Villa vs Derby County: Championship Play-off Final Betting Tips

Aston Villa have been by far the better side when these teams have met this season, winning both games by an aggregate score of 7-0 and are therefore favourites to win. However, Derby have made a habit of coming up big when it matters this season and have taken games to penalty shootouts (with victories against West Brom, Southampton and Manchester United) on numerous occasions this season.

We can see Derby forcing a draw in 90 minutes at 9/4 (3.25) and the game eventually going to the lottery of penalties. At which point it’s anybody’s guess, as Villa progressed via shootout success in the semis.

*Odds subject to change. Odds correct at time of going to print.

Charlton Athletic vs Sunderland AFC: League One Play-off Final Betting Preview

On Sunday, Charlton and Sunderland will face-off at Wembley stadium for promotion to the Championship, in the League One play-off final.

Rewind 13 years to 2006 and this fixture would be taking place in the Premier League. Unfortunately for both clubs, a lot has changed in the intervening years. Sunderland were relegated at the end of 2005/06 and Charlton would follow a year later. Whilst Sunderland would return immediately to the Premier League, and stay there for the next decade, Charlton have not been seen since, going through various promotions and relegations between the Championship and League One.

Charlton Athletic

Following a run that saw just a single loss in their last 15 league games, Charlton secured a third-place finish, entering them into the play-offs for the first time since 1998, when they also met Sunderland in the final.

On paper, Charlton had the easier semi-final fixture, meeting sixth-placed Doncaster Rovers, who finished 15 points behind them and 12 points adrift of fifth-placed Sunderland. They didn’t make easy work of it though, winning the first leg at Keepmoat Stadium 2-1, but losing 3-2 at The Valley. Extra-time and penalties were needed to send them through to the final.

Sunderland AFC

Despite suffering the fewest losses in the league, Sunderland would miss out on an automatic promotion spot due to their league-high 19 draws. Their hopes for automatic promotion were further harmed by an awful run of form in their last nine fixtures, comprising only two wins, four draws and three losses.

It’s not all doom and gloom though for the Black Cats, with the team showing plenty of mental resilience in the play-off semi-finals. They held onto a 1-0 lead in the first leg despite going down to ten men only five minutes after scoring, and at Fratton Park, in the second leg, Jack Ross’ men were able to grind out a 0-0 draw and seal progression into the final.

CHARLTON VS SUNDERLAND: PLAY-OFF FINAL BETTING ODDS

This is the closest matchup of all the play-off finals, with not a lot to choose between the two sides. Sunderland are marginal favourites at 13/9 (2.45) to seal promotion, with Charlton slight outsiders at odds of 13/7 (2.85).

Charlton vs Sunderland: League One Play-off Final Betting Tips

It might seem a little surprising that Charlton, the form team in League One over the last 15 fixtures, aren’t entering this game as favourites. Especially given Sunderland’s poor finish to the season. As ever, context is key. Sunderland’s poor run was against top-half opposition in all but one of their last nine games. And while they haven’t been winning, they’ve not been getting beaten.

Sunderland have edged it over the two fixtures between the sides this season, winning at home and drawing away, and have an experienced squad who shouldn’t wilt under the pressure of the occasion. However, they’ve been leaky of late, with both teams scoring in seven of their last ten fixtures, so we’d opt for Sunderland to win and both teams to score at 39/10 (4.9).

*Odds subject to change. Odds correct at time of going to print.



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